In these challenging times, it is good to have a guide to help us remember to be kind, generous, and authentic in life. This book offers hope for a future based on mutual respect and kindness, a path to healing our world.
How are you being in the world? Do you know your Self? Are you trying to figure out what's important in life, perhaps answer the big questions of who you are, and what is your purpose in life? Let Sebastian's life story inform yours, uplifting and teaching and guiding through his growth from a young fox into a wise elder. It is a metaphor for how we become Wisdom Keepers, and what that means. It is a rich example of an ethical will transformed into a powerful and inspiring reminder for us all, that we have the responsibility to lead, setting the example of how to live authentic unconditional love.
As the runt of the litter, Sebastian the fox must face life alone, often alienated and misunderstood, so he seeks inward and with the help of an elder, finds brilliance at the end of the winding, confusing, and adventurous tunnel of life. His optimism in the face of aloneness, a near-death experience, love, and harsh winters allows him to become truly himself in a world filled with fear, death, and hardship.
Here is a story of life. It engages us through Sebastian’s spiritual journey and awakens in us the beauty and richness available through wonder and the growing heart-space of gratitude. We learn about innocence, loss, and joy, along with aloneness and growth in inner silence and awareness, facing death, and finally, what it means to be kind. It is an exploration of consciousness. This is an odyssey we each must make. This book provides an opening for those who are willing to grow. An opportunity worth taking, and one that provides a blessing for our children.
This is a book that is part autobiography, part ethical will, and part fiction. It is a personal account of life, learning, spiritual awakening, and ultimately facing life's biggest questions. Based on impactful events in the author's life, it has the authenticity of personal experience combined with the adventure of a novella. It is an example of an ethical will in story form, containing a journey of how to age gracefully into wisdom.
With over 75 full-color photographs of pristine wilderness, this book is lovely to experience and beautifully written.
Live Interview with the Author
Hear Rabbi Richard Address interview Rick about Sebastian on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast (a podcast of Jewish Sacred Aging) June 12, 2020.
I just finished reading Sebastian and found it utterly wonderful. The writing style is easy to read, friendly and frequently quite masterful. The teachings are woven into the story easily and the author's love of humanity and nature come through strongly. Congratulations! It reads like a classic.
- Lee Lyon, Meditation Instructor
Will Capture Your Heart and Spirit
If you loved Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Little Prince, Sebastian will capture your heart and your spirit. Through his adventures, Sebastian serves as a metaphor for kindness and compassion, courage and curiosity. Readers will also appreciate the photos of natural scenes taken by the author to complement Sebastian’s story. Rick Light’s Sebastian brings light to our own personal spiritual journeys each time we reread it.
- Alice Wahl Lachman, Ph.D., Teacher
What a Fabulous Writing
What a great thing you have made! The sentiments and ideas in the book are important and beautifully expressed. The language and nature descriptions are gorgeous. And the photographs are in themselves an entire volume worth perusing. What a great labor of love!
- John Gustafson, Actor and Public Relations Specialist
Teachings are Timely and Important
Well done! Very nicely paced, good dialogue, great message. The photos brought it to life, reflecting the narrative wonderfully. I'm passing it on to my teenage granddaughter, as the teachings are timely and important--especially in these uncertain times that promise challenging changes in the years ahead. Our young people will benefit from the kind of guidance Sebastian generously and engagingly provides!
- Tim Burns, International Lecturer